Condoning A Disordered Inclination
I had my first taste of where the ADMU was headed when around ten years ago, a Jesuit priest invited me to attend one of the Loyola School of Theology’s “Theological Hour”. The speaker at that forum was Mr. Danton Remoto, a faculty of literature at the Ateneo College, and the publicized title of the talk was, “The Spirituality of a Homosexual Male”. Unknown to me at that time, Mr. Remoto was very active in the movement promoting the sodomite lifestyle and their agenda of “gender equality”. I had agreed to attend the talk, curious as to what the homosexual spirituality was all about but I was to be disappointed because it was not really about his spirituality but about his advocacy of the gay lifestyle. As I remember it, the talk was a mixed bag of his experiences as a homosexual including his taking issue with what the Church teaches on homosexuality, why he doesn’t agree with it and why he still considers himself a Catholic in spite of this. There was also a little bit of sneering about his experiences at the sacrament of confession and not attending mass or doing so only when he felt like it and his dabbling in Buddhism, but most of the talk was devoted to gender inequality and some examples of being “persecuted” because of it.The audience during this Theological Hour was composed of priests, nuns, seminarians and lay people studying at the LST. At the end of the talk, during the open forum, I posed a question somewhere along these lines; You claim to be Catholic, so how do you reconcile your lifestyle with what the Magisterium of the Church teaches about homosexual behavior? Remoto didn’t really answer the question except to half-jokingly and mockingly say that the word “Magisterium” was so medieval and continued for another minute or so, adding how the doctrinal authorities of the church were mean and intolerant. That was not surprising at all considering what he talked about, but what did surprise me (and what I found repulsive) was that most of those in the audience, the priests, seminarians and nuns, laughed alongside his tirade. I decided then that I wouldn’t really get anything substantial from him and refrained from asking any more questions. At the end of the forum, the Jesuit who invited me was apologetic for how the talk went because he himself thought that we would at least get a glimpse inside the spiritual struggles of a homosexual. I could tell that he himself was disappointed, but not to rub it in, I thanked him and left.
Last year, a young man claiming to be a female and going by the name of Rica Salomon insisted that he be allowed to appear in the AEGIS, the Ateneo College’s yearbook, as a transgender female. After initially being disallowed by the Editorial Board, Mr. Salomon petitioned and pressured the Administration Board to allow him to do so. Aside from fellow students, some faculty members also signed onto the petition which had as its banner “Transgender Rights are Human Rights”. The AEGIS Administration Board oversees the Editorial Board and is composed of the following: The Director of the Office of Alumni Relations, Kit Bautista, SJ (A Jesuit priest and then, Headmaster of the Ateneo Grade School), Aegis Acting Moderator Chris Castillo, Assistant to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs Cholo Mallillin and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Rene San Andres, approves the plans of the Aegis Editorial Board. It is hard to imagine how a regulatory board, that has a Jesuit priest as a member, could surrender to one young man’s disordered projection of himself!Mr. Salomon got his way and the Guidon, the official college paper, cheered on. He would later ask (and be allowed) to go up on stage during the graduation, dressed as a woman.
These are only some of many instances where the ADMU administration has surrendered to “gender ideology” or “gender theory”, a movement criticized by Pope Francis himself as it is contrary to Catholic teaching and natural law.
“Gender theory is an error of the human mind that leads to so much confusion,… So the family is under attack… With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator. … God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth. … The design of the Creator is written in nature.
A prominent Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Berger, also puts it this way,“‘Transgendered’ are people who claim that they really are or wish to be people of the sex opposite to which they were born, or to which their chromosomal configuration attests, Some times, some of these people have claimed that they are ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ or alternatively ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’, the medical treatment of delusions, psychosis or emotional happiness is not surgery,”
In another commentary, Dr. Paul McHugh, a psychiatrist and former chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital says “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.” and “studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, (2357) Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved”. The CCC also describes the correct pastoral approach to the problem, “(2359) Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”
Therefor what the ADMU is doing is simply wrong because the solution cannot be achieved by condoning the behavior but by re-affirming the need for chastity and sacramental grace. It is neither compassionate nor merciful and least of all, charitable to simply allow this behavior because it reinforces and nurtures the self-destructive behavior inherent in these lifestyles. Why the ADMU continues to condone these things in a way contrary to how medical specialists and the Catholic Church say this issue is to be approached, escapes me.
The disobedience to Church’s teaching authority also leads to another thing: the spirit of dissent to authority in general. Dissent begets dissent.
Quote from Monk’s Hobbit
Three years ago, at the height of the Reproductive Health bill debates and just after the public release of the dissenting petition of the 198 ADMU faculty members, I was invited to Mrs. Winnie Monsod’s program for a discussion on the said bill. A professor from the Ateneo was to represent the views of the dissentingfaculty members of this Catholic university and why the RH bill could be reconciled with Catholic teaching. I was to represent the lay Catholic side as a member of Filipinos for Life, and discuss the grounds as to why this bill is incompatible with the Catholic faith and detrimental to the greater good of society. Mr. Leloy Claudio who was representing the “other” Catholic side, being part of the ADMU’s dissenting faculty, claimed to be doing this in his “personal capacity” (an abused phrase used by those who do not want to be held accountable by the institutions they work for even if they advertise themselves to be working for that institution). The host, Winnie Monsod, opened by asking us our backgrounds, specifically what our religious leanings were. I said that I was Catholic (I didn’t use the adjective “devout”) and an Ateneo alumnus. When it was his turn, Mr. Claudio also said that he was an Ateneo alumnus and a faculty at the college but added that he was not Catholic but an agnostic. As soon as he said that, I could not help but interrupt the host and ask Mr. Claudio, “how do you expect to represent the other Catholic view of someone inside the Ateneo, a Catholic school, if you don’t believe in God and don’t even practice the faith”? During the entire exchange, Mr. Claudio also admitted to being pro-choice (that is pro-abortion) and allowing pornography (because it is a form of freedom of expression despite my calling it out as an affront against the dignity of women). Most of my remarks were edited out of the final broadcast.
A Catholic Identity in Peril
The above stories are glaring examples of what the Ateneo, a Catholic university with a Catholic mandate, will condone within the ranks of their faculty and students; A militant homosexual who later establishes a homosexual-rights party list, a male who thinks and feels he is a female and is allowed to appear in the yearbook as such by an administration board that counts a Jesuit priest as one of its members and an alumnus and faculty member who has become an agnostic and dissents to Catholic teaching. One can only imagine how they would represent the Church’s teaching on faith and morals when confronted with having to do so or worse, what they are teaching their students on issues that affect the faith!
THE IDENTITY OF A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
“Since the objective of a Catholic University is to assure in an institutional manner a Christian presence in the university world confronting the great problems of society and culture(16), every Catholic University, as Catholic, must have the following essential characteristics:
1. a Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such;
2. a continuing reflection in the light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;
3. fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church;
4. an institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life”(17).” EX CORDE ECCLESIAE
I believe that the consequence of this kind of muddled Catholic identity in the college of the Ateneo will eventually trickle-down to the primary and high schools especially because of the weak, experiential based, faith instruction being taught there… that is, if it hasn’t already happened.